Countryside visitors are being urged to be on their guard against tick bites during the peak season for Lyme Disease.

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With the holiday season fully underway, officials from Lyme Disease Action (LDA) are warning people about the dangers of ticks that can spread the disease.

Areas with tall grass and bracken, such as Thetford Forest, are a haven for ticks and people are urged to use repellent on exposed areas of skin or cover up and to check their skin after a trip to the countryside.

Stella Huyshe-Shires, of LDA, said: “We’re all enjoying the sunshine, thinking about picnics in the garden or countryside, wearing shorts and short-sleeved T shirts, with children running around barefoot. And ticks – tiny spider-like creatures the size of a full stop on an A4 page – are looking for a meal of our blood.

“The key is to avoid being bitten, as Lyme disease – while easy to cure if treated promptly with antibiotics – is often not diagnosed in good time. Prevention is very important, whether you are at home or on holiday, in the UK or abroad.”

For more information, visit www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk

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